A GUN IN EACH HAND
UNA PISTOLA EN CADA MANO
2012, 95 min, Spain, Dir: Cesc Gay

One of the wittiest recent Spanish comedies, this film takes a hilarious look at eight Spanish men entering their 40s and confronting various midlife crises (one husband suspects his wife is cheating on him, while another seeks reconciliation with his ex-wife). You can’t help but love these good-hearted and friendly fellows as they lay their lives bare; though there are many twists in their stories, there are also amusing flashes of familiarity to their situations. The incredible cast includes Jordi Molla, Javier Camara and Eduardo Noriega. In Spanish with English subtitles.


CHINESE TAKE-OUT
UN CUENTO CHINO
2011, 93 min, Argentina, Dir: Sebastian Borensztein

Curmudgeon Roberto (Ricardo Darin from THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES) is shaken out of his solitary daily routine of collecting absurd newspaper clippings and visiting his parents’ grave when Chinese immigrant Jun (Huang Sheng Huang) literally falls into his life out of the back of a cab. Through a series of events that go against Roberto’s better judgment, the out-of-work Jun moves in with him, which proves a nightmare for Roberto as he makes increasingly desperate (and hilarious) attempts to get rid of his new roommate. Sebastian Borensztein’s warm, endearing third feature offers a heartfelt and funny reminder that friendship can crop up between the most strange, mismatched and plain old grumpy of odd couples. With Muriel Santa Anna. Winner of Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Film at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina. In Spanish with English subtitles.


WHITE ELEPHANT
ELEFANTE BLANCO
2012, 110 min, Argentina, Dir: Pablo Trapero

Father Julian (Ricardo Darin), a middle-aged priest privately battling a brain tumor, and young Father Nicolas (Jeremie Renier) have their mission in one of the most dangerous slums of Buenos Aires, distinctive for a massive dilapidating structure nicknamed the "White Elephant.” Julian struggles to keep a housing project from interference by government officials and church heads, while Nicolas dabbles in a forbidden romance with social worker Luciana (Martina Gusman), who is also trying to help the inhabitants of the shanty town. Nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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